Los Angeles Wills Lawyer
What is a Will?
A will is a legal document that describes how your property should be distributed
upon your death, who should manage the administration process, and who
should become the guardian of your minor children.
However, a Will generally goes through Probate. Only a Living Trust keeps
your property and your family out of Probate court. Probate can take many months and is very expensive. As such, your Estate
plan should be designed to avoid Probate entirely. To do so, you will
need to set up a Trust.
A living Trust provides for the administration of your assets during your
life and on incapacity, and the distribution of your assets at death,
entirely outside of Probate. In your living Trust, you will name a Trustee
to take charge of your assets and make distributions pursuant to the terms
of your Trust after you die.
Trusts are not “one size fits all,” and there is no such thing
as “only a simple Trust.” Trusts can be structured in different
ways to fit your specific family dynamic and your unique legacy goals.
When you call the
Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC, our Trust attorney can discuss your specific circumstances, and prepare
a custom-designed Estate plan to fit your specific needs.
Helping You Protect What Matters Most
In order for your funds and assets to go to the following when you pass away:
- Family members
- Certain organizations
You will need a Last Will and Testament (otherwise known as a Will). It
is the most well-known
estate planning document you can use to ensure the people and entities you care about
will receive what they need and deserve. When you create a will, you are
making the powerful decision to use the time you have today to prepare
for the uncertainty of tomorrow.
Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC, we are backed by
nearly two decades of experience helping clients create their wills and other critical estate planning devices.
To ensure your will is valid and legally binding, you must closely adhere
to state law, and our well-reputed lawyer can help you navigate the complexities
of California estate planning laws so you can achieve the peace of mind
There is no time like the present to make sure your loved ones have what
they need for years to come. Contact our Los Angeles lawyer
online or call
(310) 935-0706 to schedule your initial consultation today.
Creating a Will in California
No matter where you live in the United States, a Will is a document that
gives specific instructions regarding the distribution of your Estate
and the care of your dependents. State law, however, dictates the finer
details, such as what procedures you will need to follow in order for
your will to be legally binding.
A valid Will can designate the individuals and/or entities that will:
- Receive your funds, assets, and other possessions
Manage and oversee the Estate Administration process (i.e.
- Manage the Estate(s) of your children and other dependents (i.e. Financial Guardian)
- Care for your children and other dependents (i.e. Personal Guardian)
Upon your death, a
Probate Court will most likely need to assess the validity of your Will, and the
Executor you appointed will conduct and oversee the administration of
your Estate. In some cases, Probate will not be necessary (such as with
non-Probate Transfers or
Small Estate Affidavits), but a Will is a critical component of your Estate Plan whether or not
your Estate goes through probate.